The Vale of Glamorgan Council is not to start making a formal record of how each individual councillor votes on planning applications coming before the council’s planning committee.
Currently, votes by members of the planning committee on planning applications are carried out on casual “hands-up basis” . How each councillor votes is not formally noted.
The decision means that local residents will continue to be unable to check-up on how any particular councillor has cast his or her vote on planning matters and cannot check-up on the voting record of specific councillors.
The leader of the Labour-run Vale Council Cllr Neil Moore (Cadoc Ward, Barry) had been asked by Cllr Val Hartrey (Plaid Cymru) whether – “in the interests of transparency” he would consider a change to the council’s constitution to ensure that the vote of each councillor on council’s planning committee was recorded.
Cllr Hartrey’s request was rebuffed. Cllr Moore claimed Cllr Hartrey had already supported referring the matter to the council’s “Democratic Services Committee” .
He’s told a meeting of the full council that a review of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s constitution had only recently been completed and that “given that the review was so comprehensive, and so recent” no change to the process regarding the recording of votes was recommended . [ i.e. nobody will write down how each councillor voted ].
Cllr Moore says it will be a matter for the Democratic Services Committee to consider, and determine, whether – in future – it wishes to recommend any changes. If the committee was to recommend any change (which it isn’t) then that recommendation would, in turn, need to be considered by full council.